Fantastic Beasts 3 could be the last-ditch opus for the franchise based on the Harry Potter universe.
Even before Johnny Depp was fired, Fantastic Beasts 3 was already in turmoil. Earlier this year, actor Ezra Miller, who plays Belief, also found himself at the heart of a controversy after a video in which he strangled a fan surfaced on the Web. To this is added the multiple transphobic remarks of JK Rowling which drew him, and rightly so, the wrath of fans, the media and even the cast of the Harry Potter saga. These media debacles are not, however, the only weight weighing on this third instalment of the spin-off franchise. Since the first film Fantastic Beasts, she struggles to convince.
You would think that by adapting the Harry Potter universe once again to the big screen, the trick would be played. Yet the magic is struggling to operate. If Fantastic Beasts did not fare too badly, Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald was even less attractive to audiences. Multiple inconsistencies, final plot twist which does not make sense, too anecdotal presence of Dumbledore … The reproaches were numerous so that the third film could be that of the last chance. Between the controversies and the average box office results, Warner Bros. studios could indeed choose to stop there if Fantastic Beasts 3, whose production was delayed due to the coronavirus, is not as successful as hoped. A scenario which in our opinion remains probable, and would thus lead to the end of the franchise.